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Pediatric Surgical Services Newsletter - February 2021


 In this edition:

  • Better access for orthopaedic surgery
  • Innovative physical therapy via telehealth
  • Willieford Moses, MD, joins General Surgery team

Orthopaedic Surgery Provides Increased Access

Now it’s easier for you and your patients to access our team of orthopaedic surgeons in person or virtually.

  • Saturday orthopaedic clinics. On two Saturday mornings every month, orthopaedic physicians see patients in person at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.
  • Evening telehealth visits. An orthopaedic surgeon is now available for evening virtual visits with patients whose conditions don’t require an in-person visit. This may include the following needs:

—Reviewing imaging results

—Checking on an incision

—Determining if an in-person visit is necessary

Patients can call (877) UC-CHILD (877-822-4453) to take advantage of these new expanded hours.


Physical Therapy Continues via Telehealth

Kids are seeking alternatives to playing team sports during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as:

  • Bicycling
  • Dancing
  • Running
  • Trampolining

These activities can result in injuries needing follow-up care with a physical therapist. Telehealth visits can help.

Though it’s no substitute for in-person, hands-on physical therapy, telehealth provides a means of connecting with patients while they continue to shelter in place. With telehealth, physical therapists can:

  • Perform assessments.
  • Show patients how to do exercises to build strength after an injury.
  • Help kids maintain progress in movement, balance and posture.
  • Teach parents how to perform recommended exercises and movements, so they can work with their kids.
  • Determine if an in-person visit is needed.

The department assures all families that it is safe to come in for a visit. All safety protocols are strictly enforced for staff and patients, including wearing masks, distancing and handwashing.

To refer a patient for physical therapy, or to schedule a physical therapy telehealth visit, call (877) UC-CHILD (877-822-4453).


Willieford Moses, MD, Joins Oakland’s Pediatric General Surgery Team


Willieford Moses, MD, has joined the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Pediatric General Surgery Department and Trauma Team. Dr. Moses will focus on pediatric surgical oncology while also practicing the full breadth of pediatric general surgery. He will be based at the Oakland campus.

Dr. Moses is a Bay Area native and received his MD degree from the UCSF School of Medicine in 2011, where he completed his general surgery residency in 2018. He recently completed a two-year pediatric surgery fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he focused on pediatric surgical oncology.

During his resident years at UCSF, Dr. Moses was a Surgical Innovations Fellow in the Biodesign Laboratory of Shuvo Roy, PhD, part of a collaboration between the Department of Surgery and the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences. There, he worked on the development of a bioartificial kidney. Dr. Moses intends to work on improving access to device innovations among people with limited access to health care.

To make an appointment with Dr. Moses or any member of the General Surgery team, please call (877) UC CHILD (877-822-4453). He can also be reached at